Oliver Wang

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Game was her middle name: The world was never ready for Betty Davis

Sunday, February 13, 2022

Raucous, outspoken and empowered, Davis, who died last week at 77, always knew what she wanted her music to be — raw — and she took control of her career in an era when few Black women could.

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Review: Valerie June's New LP 'The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers'

Friday, March 12, 2021

Valerie June has just released a new LP called The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers. The album foregrounds her distinctive voice and mixes reassurance with a yearning for engagement.

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On A New Anthology, Dusty Springfield's Take On Southern Soul Gets Another Look

Thursday, January 21, 2021

In 1968, the British singer flew to the U.S. after signing with Atlantic Records. Her acclaimed recordings from this period are collected in Dusty Springfield: The Complete Atlantic Singles 1968-1971.

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New Anthology Revisits Brief History Of The Gospel Truth Label

Friday, November 13, 2020

The Gospel Truth was a subsidiary of the famous soul label Stax Records. A new anthology, The Gospel Truth: The Complete Singles Collection, revisits its brief moment in gospel soul history.

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We Insist: A Century Of Black Music Against State Violence

Friday, June 26, 2020

These songs take on some of the ugliest stories in our history and reflect the commitment of Black musicians to telling the truth of how Black people have been wronged, and survived, and fought back.

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Betty Wright Packed A Career's Worth Of Music Into Her Youthful First Act

Monday, May 11, 2020

Already a veteran by the time she was out of her teens, the early career of Betty Wright, who died Sunday, produced many R&B hits, including a pair of songs that would become career signatures.

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'Land of 1000 Dances' Chronicles The History Of Rampart Records Label

Friday, November 29, 2019

Rampart Records documented L.A.'s Eastside Sound during a fertile period of interracial collaboration from the 1960s through the early 1990s. Now, some of that music has been reissued.

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Gang Starr's 'One Of The Best Yet' Is A Welcome Throwback To An Earlier Rap Era

Monday, November 04, 2019

Hip hop duo Gang Starr broke up in the mid-2000s and in 2010, MC Guru died. So fans were surprised by the announcement of a new, posthumous album called One Of The Best Yet.

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Kanye West's 'Jesus Is King,' Like Its Creator, Asks A Little Too Much Of Us

Monday, October 28, 2019

There are moments of inspired magic on West's gospel-flavored ninth album, and moments that sound ill-considered and slapped together. Those extremes feel like the story of his recent career.

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Raphael Saadiq Balances Personal Introspection With Social Commentary On 'Jimmy Lee'

Friday, August 23, 2019

Raphael Saadiq's new album, Jimmy Lee, is his first in eight years. It was inspired by his brother's struggles with addiction and, ultimately, his death.

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Forget Her Nots: Patrice Rushen Compilation Captures Formative Elektra Years

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Patrice Rushen's years singing for Elektra Records in the 1970s and '80s helped define late-era disco and R&B. Now, a collection of her classic R&B and dance tunes is being released.

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How Do You Follow A Masterpiece? Marvin Gaye Tried With 'You're The Man'

Friday, March 29, 2019

In 1972, Gaye began work on a follow-up to his classic album, What's Going On. He laid down over a dozen new tracks, but the project stalled and most of the songs were not released until now.

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Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band Travels Across Generations And Genres

Monday, September 17, 2018

This German group delivers steel drum covers of Mary J. Blige, Mobb Deep, Gang Starr and more.

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The Internet's 'Hive Mind' Is A Soundtrack To The Slow Burn Of Summer

Friday, July 20, 2018

After embarking on solo projects and a three-year break, The Internet has come back together to produce an album of low-key songs of summer.

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Cut Chemist's 'Die Cut' Asks You To Listen Closely

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Listening to Cut Chemist's latest album is like looking under a microscope at a drop of ocean water. The longer you examine, the more life you find.

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First Listen: Dr. Octagon, 'Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation'

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The first Dr. Octagon project to reunite Kool Keith with Dan the Automator in 22 years picks up right where they left off, as weird and warped as ever.

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First Listen: The Shacks, 'Haze'

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Featuring Shannon Wise's mesmerizing wisp of a voice, The Shacks' debut album mixes R&B, dreamy indie-pop and '60s British rock in woozy sheets of reverb.

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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings' 'Soul Of A Woman' Is A Testament To Fortitude

Friday, November 17, 2017

Throughout their career together, Jones and her band gave listeners something to feel with every recording and every performance. That's still true on their final album.

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Sunny And The Sunliners' 'Mr. Brown Eyed Soul' Is For The Loved And Lovelorn

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The prodigious San Antonio band's new anthology is a tempting selection of its most enduring singles, from the era that helped propel the band from Texas locals into national stardom.

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Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.' Is Introspective And Unforgiving

Monday, April 17, 2017

If To Pimp a Butterfly, Lamar's ornate jazz-funk experiment, played like billiard balls scattering after the break, then DAMN. wraps its focus inward: tight and layered, like a bundle of rubber bands.

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